Stages of PCOS: After suffering from its symptoms like getting excess body hair, weight gain, acne, absent or no menstrual cycle etc. for a long time and then you finally consult a doctor and find that you are diagnosed with PCOS, there may be a lot of things going on in your mind. It’s natural. If you are someone who has recently been diagnosed with PCOS or even someone who has lived with PCOS for a long time now, you can surely relate with these stages:
Stages of PCOS:
The ‘Why Me?’ Stage:
After finding out that you have PCOS, the first thing that might come to your mind is ‘why me?’ Why me and not somebody else? It is natural for you to get this thought. You might even initially deny it. Deny that something like this could happen to you. But it won’t be as bad as it sounds. You might find it difficult to accept it at first, but eventually you learn to accept it. After you take your time to process it, you definitely get over this stage.
So you have finally accepted the reality of PCOS. What next? You get mad at it, at yourself and everything and everyone that you can get mad at. You start to hate it. But again, it’s alright to feel that way. Be patient and give yourself a little time. You are only human, after all.
Realization that hating isn’t going to help:
Then you finally realize that hating isn’t helping at all. That feeling sad or upset or constantly worrying is only worsening your mood as well as your condition. And then you start to think that something should be done. You start looking for ways out of this misery of yours. And when you look for ways, you realize that it is not as bad as you thought it’d be. You find out that there actually are endless possibilities.
And then you finally arrive at the acceptance stage. You try to embrace it and start taking care of yourself. You decide that you won’t let PCOS define you and start fighting it by doing everything that you can.
Know that you are not alone. There are many other women going exactly what you are going through. Also there are women who have been through these stages. Seek their help. Talk to them. Or consult a doctor. Nothing is better than talking to someone who actually understands what you are going through. Find things that you love doing and do them as often as you can. Love yourself and love your PCOS, and you will surely get through the stages of PCOS.